English is a core study for all students in Australia. The development of English skills in a student is not only essential to their education but to their life in the community and their place in the world. Studying English helps students to be able to analyse, communicate and understand the world around them. It enables them to transition from secondary education to further education, into the workplace, and to become active members of society. In an increasingly globalised world, a high level of English proficiency is expected in the workplace and is an invaluable skill for students.
Our English curriculum focuses on the core English skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students understand how English is used in both written and spoken forms, and study a range of written and non-written texts to develop their skills in comprehension, learn how texts are used to convey messages and ideas, and to persuade and argue.
Students in Year 7 & 8 have the exciting opportunity of choosing a ‘good fit’ interest book from our class library to read as part of the CAFE Reading program, whilst students in Year 9 to 12 study a range of texts including a number of well known novels, films and plays, such as The Outsiders, Night and Macbeth.
The ACER Progressive Achievement Tests program enables teachers to assess a student’s level of English proficiency and combined with our smaller class sizes allows teachers to tailor the curriculum to each student’s English capability level, and accommodate for more one-on-one interaction with students. The school caters for students of all levels of English proficiency, including those who do not speak English as their first language.
Students in Years 7 – 12 are expected to complete the homework tasks as assigned to them by their English teacher, and read set class texts at home.